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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Belo Irony

If you want to take a break from the seriousness of the impeachment trial hearings, nothing can be more effective in achieving that goal than the utter ludicrousness of local entertainment news.

Case in point: Dr. Vicky Belo. (And her inclusion as "entertainment news" really says much, much more than can ever be articulated by words.)

(Photo courtesy of celebritypulp.com)

After her much publicized breakup with fiancee, Hayden Kho, she supposedly left the country before Valentine's Day to "heal her broken heart", and has recently arrived in Manila, amid rumors that she is seeing Mr. Aly Borromeo of the Philippine Azkals.

(See news video here: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/entertainment/02/20/12/vicki-belo-back-manila)

When your romantic dalliances gain more traction than your actual work, you can congratulate yourself: you are a celebrity. And I don't mean "you are a celebrated person", but rather, like the often disparaging remark about Carmen Electra, who's famous for being famous, and not for actual work.

One can argue that the doctor has used her status as "celebrity" to further her practice, as evidenced by her opening clinics left and right. Fair enough. By all accounts, she works hard in her actual job.

But for her to decry about "privacy" is the height of irony, as she literally earns and makes a living out of her "celebrity". That is part of the deal: you get "celebrity power", your life, even the personal aspect, gets raked over. It might be a "deal with the devil", so to speak, but that IS the deal when you offer yourself up willingly for public scrutiny.

Besides, she arrived in a wheelchair, head and body covered by either a jacket or a blanket (just check the video in the link, it's all there), then stands up to give an interview when reporters are around, pleading for time to heal in privacy.

Ano ba talaga, Dr. Belo?

8 comments:

  1. She really is a CHARACTER...and you're right, she does use her "celebrity" to the hilt and her name and brand "BELO" has so much in terms of brand equity now that the brand has become synonymous with cosmetic surgery and beauty treatments as in "nagpa-BELO ka na ba"...but she's a better marketer I think rather than a doctor.

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    1. You're right, she has marketed herself extremely well.

      I guess the universe is fair: She seems to be unlucky where her love life is concerned. And she does her zarzuela in front of all of us.

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  2. I am not updated in Philippine showbiz .The last controversy I was aware of was the kristina halili and hyden Kho sex scandal .With regards to Belo,I am not really a fan of her as a doctor and a "celebrity" .In my opinion, she is so publicity hungry. Hi,I created a group for bloggers .if you want to join,go to group page and ASK TO JOIN .thanks http://www.facebook.com/groups/filblogatw/

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    1. Publicity hungry...sounds about right. :)

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  3. mercado.lucy@yahoo.comFebruary 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    epekto siguro ng experimentations nya sa sarili nya - sa paulit-ulit na anesthesia hahahaha ...

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    1. Di ko alam kung sya mismo may "experiments", pero I guess kung totoo yun, ibig sabihin, tiwala sya sa sarili nyang serbisyo :)

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  4. I think i am overly "matanda sa una" but i really am nauseated by Belo's indiscretions. I am 58 now and my younget son is 30. Just having this thought at the back of my mind while reading about her relationship with hayden makes me cringe. Love?i don't think so...i think belo and hayden's mom should be tied together on a tree with a lot of ants (yung mapupula). Baka magising silang dalawa sa katotohanan...

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    1. You don't look 58, Leng! :)

      In truth, we are not privy to what happened to the two of them; truism naman yun for all couples, sila lang talaga - the people in the relationship - can say for certain what happened. Pero they way they parade and carry on in public makes it seem like a stunt and ploy; it might not be, but their constant display conveys a need to be approved. :p

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